Mary Carver /

The call came early in the morning, waking us up in a skipped heartbeat. I called my own mom right away, telling her what she’d already heard in her own […]

Seek First

We didn’t talk for two days after I wrote about him. Them. It wasn’t because he wouldn’t but because he couldn’t. “I know it’s all true because I’ve lived it,” he quivers, “but it’s […]


The big, green album. It gets me every time. I was dusting the other day and had to take a minute to sit down to look through our wedding album. […]

You’ve had the dates marked on the calendar for months by now. Maybe you’ve put down a deposit, bought plane tickets, or simply reserved a shelter at a campsite. No matter […]

Jen Schmidt;

Wrestle Hard

Jun 13, 2015 by

I walked the stage, religion degree in hand, ready to love the youth of today. Having just spent four years focusing on what made teenagers tick, I was eager to […]

Do not forget to show hospitality to

It’s ridiculous really how much of our lives we consider “ordinary.” My oldest crept into bed next to me the other night because Wednesdays are the nights we offer an open […]

Robin Dance,

Love Notes

Jun 2, 2015 by

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” {Proverbs 25:11} Sometimes, in a burst of inspiration, you come up with an idea that’s too […]


They say Summer unofficially begins on Memorial Day. Marching bands and beauty queens float through town then back out as our signal — it’s time to dig out the beach […]